War costs Syria $226bn: World Bank

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) – Syria’s six-year conflict has ravaged its infrastructure and caused losses to its economy of $226 billion, according to estimates published by the World Bank yesterday.

The devastating war has killed more than 320,000 people and displaced more than half the country’s population since it began in March 2011.

The World Bank said the destruction ran much deeper than death tolls or infrastructure damage alone could capture.

“The war in Syria is tearing apart the social and economic fabric of the country,” World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Hafez Ghanem said in a statement.

The World Bank report found that cumulative Gross Domestic Product losses since Syria’s conflict erupted “have been estimated at $226 billion, about four times the Syrian GDP in 2010.”

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